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The Ministry of Energy announced late Thursday that power was “fully restored” across the country, adding that the disturbance in two 500kv lines in the south of Karachi was resolved.

“Electricity supply is being increased from alternative power plants, which will return to normal by Friday morning,” the ministry shared on its official Twitter handle.

Earlier, Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir said that he was hopeful that electricity would be fully restored to normalcy by tonight.

Addressing a press conference, he stated that Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Quetta, Multan, and Faisalabad were hit by power outage on Thursday morning.

“Karachi and Quetta are priority regions now,” he said. “Nearly 8,000 MW of power went offline at around 9AM however, the government has restored 4,700 MW,” he announced. “Restarting of power plants will consume time therefore complete resolution of the problem will take a few more hours.”

Citing that simultaneous faults in two power lines at the same time was concerning for the government, he added that an in-depth inquiry had been ordered and a team had been constituted for the purpose.

“We will take action after receiving the inquiry report,” the minister said. “Due to our efforts, northern part of the country remained unaffected from the breakdown.”

Massive power breakdown hits Sindh, Punjab

A massive power breakdown hit Sindh and Punjab on Thursday, after a "fault in the country's southern transmission system", said the Ministry of Energy.

Electricity supply was suspended in various areas of Sindh, including Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Jamshoro, Sujawal, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Umarkot, Sanghar, Nawabshah, Matiari, Tharparkar and Larkana.

Power supply was also disrupted in various cities of Punjab including Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan.

“Due to an accidental fault in the country's southern transmission system, several southern power plants are tripping in stages, which is disrupting the transmission of electricity in the southern part of the country,” said the Ministry of Energy in a tweet post.

“The Ministry of Energy is diligently investigating the cause of the outage and the power system will be fully restored as soon as possible,” it added.

As per reports, generation from Guddu Thermal Power Station in Kashmore has halted due to technical failure. The 600MW and 747MW units at the power plant are not operating due to technical faults.

Meanwhile, sources at National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) informed that the 500-KV system across the country is not working. The reasons are still being ascertained, they said.

Power outage in Karachi

Power outages affected different areas of the southern port city, including Malir, Sarjani Town, Saddar. These areas were without electricity since 10:00am.

Meanwhile, areas including Gulshan-e-Maymar, Federal B Area, Liaquatabad, and Super Highway also suffered power outages.

North Karachi, North Nazimabad, Orangi Town, and Baldia have also been deprived of electricity. Apart from this, electricity is cut-off in several areas including the SITE Industrial Area.

K-Electric says power supply restored to 95% feeders in Karachi

“There are reports of multiple outages from different parts of the city,” Imran Rana, Spokesperson, K-Electric, said in a tweet post.

“We are investigating the issue and will keep this space posted,” he added.

In an update posted around 11:45am, the KE's spokesperson confirmed that the suspension in electricity supply was due to a fault in the southern transmission system, as per the information provided by Ministry of Energy.

He added that work had been initiated to restore the supply and the complete restoration would take around five hours.

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Syed Zufliqar Haider ITP Oct 13, 2022 12:46pm
Block 17 Gulistan-e-Jauhar is also under ATAB of k electric and the intaire activitie is sespended kindly arrange to store particarly return of Income Tax Tazeim Medical Walfare trust.
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Paracha Oct 13, 2022 02:01pm
K ELECTRIC is a white elephant and the consumers don't expect anything good from its poor performance. Uphold your tradition of disturbing life of your consumers.
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mashaAllah Oct 13, 2022 03:45pm
MashAllah yeh Pakistan hai
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Sana Hashim Sohail Oct 13, 2022 04:09pm
Power outage for such long hours that too in a country like Pakistan is another disaster. KE is accountable to any authority? If yes then why no action is taken yet. We are made to pay such huge bills...those who have grey matter can easily figure out what we are consuming and what amounts are being charged. Dear Awam please ake up! Start questioning..how long we shall lick the lollipops they give us ..imagine they have audacity to tell..it's strange two main power beams are tripped. Rest in Peace Pakis!
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Concerned Oct 13, 2022 05:38pm
So the parts that weren’t affected was “due to their efforts” so shouldn’t the parts that were affected would be due to a lack of or any effort at all? How far are their heads their behinds because frankly it’s astonishing, running monopolies for power, gas, water and running them as poorly as is possible is I believe the pre requisite for any ministerial position in Pakistan. Those blabbering about the estimates of damages from floods, what are the estimated losses from decades of mismanagement and inept office holders and corruption? But then again, looking at the country and the average person, one can’t help but argue this country deserves even worse .
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Concerned Oct 13, 2022 05:40pm
But in all honesty, seems like someone hacked the grid, but they won’t tell you that on the news,
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Mubeen Oct 13, 2022 05:54pm
WE NEED MORE ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY IN PAKISTAN KE IS COMPLETELY IN HOLD OF MAFIA
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Farhan Oct 13, 2022 09:07pm
Still power off
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Noman Muhammad Oct 13, 2022 11:41pm
Karachi Site industrial area near Rasheedabad l.Subha sy 11:45 hogye hain electricity ka pata nahi hai.Rehem karo yar.
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Saqib Saeed Oct 14, 2022 12:53am
No power or Electricity in Lahore and Rawalpindi at the moment.
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Hamza Oct 14, 2022 03:48am
These people are playing game With us with fake News just to blame old government and no Improvement have made even now we no electricity. There is loadshadding every half hour totally unfair I don't why people come on street go there office and fight for out right we pay for but we don't get what we pay for Totally curropted
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Moin Fudda Oct 14, 2022 08:03am
Power breakdown down happens even in developed countries. In 2019 NYC suffered a blackout for 5 hours. Yesterday's power breakdown was due to an accidental fault in the country's southern transmission system which among other cities also affected Karachi. So why to take out anger on K-Electric which did its level best for a gradual restoration. Well done KE Team.
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